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Official Review: The miner by F.Robert

Post by Bluecobia » 15 Jul 2018, 19:25

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The miner" by F.Robert.]
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The Miner is a sweeping saga of one man’s life and adventures in the Australian outback. In it’s 511 pages one finds action, adventure, and romance. The story follows the life of Christopher Kennedy and some of his friends and family as he progresses from being an office clerk to being a multi billionaire mine owner and operator.

When we first meet Chris, he is a clerk in an investment firm. He is good at his job but he does not enjoy it. He enrolls in night school and gets a degree in mining engineering, something he enjoys. Chris decides not to hire on to a big company but to go into the Australian outback and try prospecting on his own. He wanders around the outback for some time and eventually finds gold but becomes lost and is near death when a native tribe befriends him and saves his life. Chris spends six months with them learning their ways and some of the mysteries of the outback. He then returns to civilization and goes about relocating and getting rights to the gold mine he had found. It turns out to be much bigger and more valuable that he could have guessed and is the start of his mining empire.

The Miner is a story that makes you feel good. Chris is hard working, kind, and generous. Throughout the book you see him being very lucky but, you also see him helping others and building a good life for his family and all those working around him. Reading this book reminded me a lot of reading some of the boy’sbooks from the early 1900’s. Books like The Boy Chums and The Rover Boys would be typical examples. The main characters in these books were often termed plucky. They had a lot of things go their way but they also put in a lot of hard work and helped others along the way.

This book takes place in Australia, primarily in the outback. They have different expressions for many things and the author uses the local vernacular throughout the book. Most of the words or expressions are understandable enough that they do not need explanation. Some were very foreign to me but most of those were understandable by the context or in several places the author gave definitions of words where the meanings were hard to guess.

The book is a little long, but, since it made me feel good, I did not mind the length that much. I also enjoyed the occasional geological tidbit explaining why the area looked the way it did, how it may have been formed, or why certain minerals might be found there. This book is a good read for a wide audience. It has adventure, romance, and tells the saga of life and fortunes in the Australian outback.

I found a few errors while reading. Things like using the word “change”, when the word should nave been “changed”, or “enrol”, when the word should have been “enroll”. Certainly there were not enough errors to detract from the reading of the book and not enough to detract from the rating. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It was enjoyable and kept you wondering what would happen next.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 05 Aug 2018, 15:10

This book takes place in Australia, primarily in the outback. They have different expressions for many things and the author uses the local vernacular throughout the book. Most of the words or expressions are understandable enough that they do not need explanation. Some were very foreign to me but most of those were understandable by the context or in several places the author gave definitions of words where the meanings were hard to guess.
I've found the same to be true of a few Australian network shows I've watched and enjoyed. It's always fun to learn new words from different cultures. Thanks for your interesting review!

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Post by kdstrack » 05 Aug 2018, 18:21

I really enjoyed your interesting review. Chris has an interesting story. The book seems a bit long but your review makes it seem worth the time. Thanks!

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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Aug 2018, 19:34

Australia interests me, so I'd enjoy reading this I think. Sounds like a great book. I'll look into it a bit more. Thanks for your review.
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Post by Britty01 » 05 Aug 2018, 21:52

I enjoyed reading the review of this book, The miner. I have read only a few stories based in Australia and I have enjoyed each one of them. I like the fact that the book keeps the reader guessing what will happen next.

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Post by stacie k » 05 Aug 2018, 23:51

I like the character of Chris—hard-working, kind, and generous. I’d be interested to read more of his story. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Ever_Reading » 06 Aug 2018, 00:58

I enjoy books set in Australia and probably wouldn't mind the vernacular used by the author. The storyline seems interesting too. Thanks for the review, mate! :D

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Post by AmySmiles » 06 Aug 2018, 07:54

511 pages, wow, I'm too ADHD to stay focused for that. It sounds like it could be a great read, but I'd have to break it up into chunks in order to get through it. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 06 Aug 2018, 10:00

I couldn't help but wonder if this is a true story or based on a true story? 511 pages is a lot to read, and I do appreciate that you took time to write this review in full. Thank you!
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Post by kfwilson6 » 08 Aug 2018, 10:22

This book sounds a little too long to keep me interested in this particular story line. I think I might be able to enjoy it if it were a shorter book. I think I'll pass on this one. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

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Post by OrlaCarty » 28 Aug 2018, 10:46

I love that this book has a kind main character. It's not frequent enough, in my opinion, and is a really good thing. It inspires all the readers to behave better :)

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Post by gali » 20 Dec 2018, 08:51

A tale revolving around the life of a mining engineer in the Australian outback sounds good. It is good that the Australian expressions are understandable to those unfamiliar with it. Adding the occasional geological tidbit should enrich the tale. I am glad you enjoyed the book despite the length and the errors. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 20 Dec 2018, 08:56

This sounds like an inspiring read. I appreciate perseverance and overcoming hardships in life. I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the enlightening review.

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Post by sszb » 20 Dec 2018, 09:19

Thank you for the interesting review 💐💐👍🏻👍🏻.
I wonder if it's a real-life story or a memoir of Chris. It does sound really inspiring. I would like to read it to know the struggle of Chris from clerk to a millionaire. Congrats on being BOTD 💐💐👍🏻👍🏻💐💐💐
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Post by Zora C Penter » 20 Dec 2018, 09:21

I am very happy that you mentioned the main character sharing his success with others. Normally, these slice of life success stories have very egocentric characters which makes me tend to veer away from this genre.

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